Psychology of children with visual impairments (Typhlopsychology)


1.      The title:

Psychology of children with visual impairments (typhlopsychology)

2.      Summary

The aim of the course is providing the students with knowledge and skills, necessary for the diagnostic and correctional work with persons with visual impairments.

The course objectives: creation of

1) conditions for the mastering the knowledge of the laws of the psychophysical development of persons with visual impairments;

2) opportunities in the applying the research in the sphere of psychology of individuals with visual impairments in psychological and pedagogical support for children at educational institutions;

After finishing the course a student must:

hhave an idea of:

- the history of the formation of the typhlopsychology as a science;

- the relationship of the scientific subject typhlopsychology with the related spheres of the knowledge;

- the actual problems of studying and teaching the typhlopsychology

h know:

- a subject, an object, goals and objectives of the typhlopsychology as a science;

- scientific and theoretical research of typhlopsychologists: L.S. Vygotsky, A.G. Litvak, M.I. Zemtsova, L.I. Plaksina, L.I. Solntseva, L.P. Grigorieva, V.A. Lonina, D.M. Mallaev, V.Z. Kantor, etc.;

- content of the basic concepts of the typhlopsychology as a science;

- the theory of compensation for the blindness and the weak vision;

- particularities of the diagnostic examination of children with severe visual impairments for the purpose of working out the individual correctional program, elimination of the defects in the childrens psychophysical development;

- methods and techniques of the developing and correctional work with children with visual impairments to provide the psychological and pedagogical support for children of the given category in the system of educational institutions.

hbe able to:

- independently analyze scientific information from the bibliographic sources;

- conduct the psychological and pedagogical diagnostics of the given impairments;

- use the techniques of the correctional work on practice

3.     Total amount of hours - 120

4.     Overall labour-intensiveness of the subject



Type of work

Amount of hours


Theoretical studies (lectures)



Practical studies



Independent work



Work in the library





5.     Credits - 4

6.     The period of the academic year: 7 semester (the first half-year)

7.     Specialty code 032000 Special Preschool Pedagogy and Psychology

8.     Information of the developer:

Dzhamilya Payzutdinovna Izieva, Candidate of Psychology. The high achiever of the Public Education of the Republic of Daghestan. The author of about 30 scientific works in the field of the typhlopsychology. The participant of the grant project The methods of teaching of childrens rights of the UNO Childrens Fund (UNICEF). She has been rewarded with the medal and the diploma "For outstanding achievements in the science and innovations" of the Ministry of the Youth Affairs of the Republic of Daghestan (2008).